We have a saying around DOC about our work and that is, “if you’re not working with others, you’re not working”. Around a third of New Zealand’s land is public conservation land, plus there’s marine environments and thousands of native species that we need to protect. Conservation is a massive job so there’s no way DOC can do it alone.
Working with others is a big part of our Conservation Week celebrations too, which start this Sunday, 12 September. TVNZ 6 is our major partner and this is the third year in a row that we’ve worked together. Part of TVNZ 6’s support this year was filming a fantastic television commercial that I just love! You can check it out on DOC’s YouTube channel.
A lot of other organisations support Conservation Week too. Around the country DOC has teamed-up with zoos, wildlife centres, businesses, environmental groups, local and regional councils, recreation groups, volunteers, conservation groups and others to run events and activities in their areas.
Supermarket chain, FreshChoice is also getting in behind the celebrations for Conservation Week. They’re running a competition for customers who spend $100 in one transaction to go in the draw for some Gardening NZ Gift Cards worth $100 each. Each store has one gift card to give away during the week.
To highlight just few events on this Sunday 12 September, there’s a family day at Auckland Zoo, a kids fish fun day at Fish & Game Trout Hatcheries in Rotorua and a weed swap at Civic Square in Wellington. Visit our website to find out more about what’s happening in your area and be part of the team to show New Zealand how much you love it for Conservation Week 2010.